Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Sweta Srivastava Vikram to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss what it’s been like to see the response to her book LOUISIANA CATCH, what inspired it and the themes she hopes readers are left thinking about.
Stay connected with Sweta on her website www.swetavikram.com.
Sweta Srivastava Vikram, featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” is a best-selling author of 12 books, five-times Pushcart Prize nominee, mindfulness writing coach, social issues advocate, and a certified yoga & Ayurveda counselor who helps people lead creative, productive, and healthier lives. Louisiana Catch (Modern History Press 2018) is her debut U.S. novel. It’s the #1 new release on Amazon under women’s divorce fiction and featured on U.K.’s list of “Books to Read in 2018.” Born in India, Sweta spent her formative years between the Indian Himalayas, North Africa, and the United States collecting and sharing stories. She writes hopeful stories about multiculturalism and women’s issues with a healthy dose of suspense, reflections, wellness, and food. Sweta, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, amongst other publications, across nine countries on three continents, is an award-winning writer and graduate of Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband and in her spare time, teaches yoga to female survivors of rape and domestic violence. You can find her in these online spaces: Twitter (@swetavikram), Instagram (@swetavikram), and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Words.By.Sweta)
This was our first episode to have the book’s author as our guest host! Shout out to Sweta Srivastava Vikram for coming on the show to discuss her most recent novel, Louisiana Catch. This episode was conducted over the phone, so there are a few spots that are choppy, but overall, one of our favorite episodes to date. Check her out on FB, Instagram, and her website SwetaVikram.com and show her some BFP love! Louisiana Catch is available for purchase on Amazon.
Born in India, Sweta writes about women, multiculturalism, wellness, and identity. Sweta, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, amongst other publications, across nine countries on three continents, is an award-winning writer and graduate of Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband and in her spare time, teaches yoga to female survivors of rape and domestic violence. You can find her in these online spaces: www.swetavikram.com, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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Sweta Vikram, a best-selling author of 11 books and a believer in the power of stories. She writes about women, multiculturalism, and identity. Her work has appeared in The New York Times amongst other places. Voted as “One of the Most Influential Asians of Our Times,”
We will share tea, snacks, hear a reading and enjoy a short, 30 min. yoga class with Sweta. In this book, Louisiana Catch, she uses different modalities to help heal one of the main characters.
“Ahana, a wealthy thirty-three-year-old New Delhi woman, flees the pain of her mother’s death and her dark past by accepting a huge project in New Orleans, where she’ll coordinate the Annual Women’s Conference to raise awareness around violence against women. Her half-Indian, half-Irish colleague and public relations guru, Rohan Brady, who helps Ahana develop her online presence, offends her prim sensibilities with his raunchy humor. She is convinced that he’s a womanizer. Meanwhile, she seeks relief from her pain in an online support group, where she makes a good friend: the mercurial Jay Dubois, who is also grieving the loss of his mother. Her work in the U.S. and the online medium brings the two men into her life, and Ahana learns that neither is what he seems. With their differing sensibilities on a collision course, Ahana finds herself in a dangerous situation—and she discovers a side of herself that she never realized she had.Louisiana Catch is an emotionally immersive novel about trust and who we project ourselves to be in the world. It’s a book about Ahana’s unreliable instincts and her ongoing battle to determine whom to place her faith in as she, Rohan, and Jay shed layers of their identities.
As Ahana matures from a victim of domestic sexual abuse into a global feminist leader, she must confront her issues: both with the men in her life and, ultimately, with her own instincts. Whom can she rely on to have her best interests at heart?”